aka: Scream and Run, Terror Hospital
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Starring: Trish Coren, Rachel Harland, Jilon VanOver, Happy Mahaney, Shirlene Quigley
You don’t have a ghost of a chance
It’s Halloween night and a group of young adults are gathering to spend the scary night at a supposedly haunted and abandoned psychiatric hospital. The place also has a history of people ending up missing after trying to explore it.
One of the girls, Jessie, lost her mother at a young age and has developed sensitivity towards the paranormal and can sense that something is wrong at this place. Her bad premonitions about the hospital turns out to become true and the night turns out to become deadly dangerous for them all.
Before the Japanese ghost films like Ringu and Ju-On brought that subgenre of horror back to what it was supposed to be, American ghost films seemed to go for big special effects to provide jump scares. Boo is a good example of that, a film that has no tension building up and instead tries to bring out some emotions by the audience with its special effects. And that just don’t do much for me. Watching this film now in 2013, I can’t help but be happy to see where these type of films have gone with effective movies such as Insidious, Sinister and partly Paranormal Activity.
That’s not the biggest problem of Boo however. This film just doesn’t have anything new to offer its audience and everything feels poor or average at best. The story is basic and stuff you’ve seen done better before, the characters are clichés and nothing special. The film looks ok, but fails to take full advantage of the premise. In other words, there is nothing to grab on to and enjoy in this film and it is also hard to keep paying attention to it.
The film is written and directed by Anthony C. Ferrante, who has been a writer for Fangoria and is also a special effects guy. There is some parts of the film that shows horror influence, including the long opening scene that are either spoofing or homaging Scream and an entire character that shows love for old blaxploitation films. It sucks to be so negative regarding a fellow horror fan, but I was not impressed with anything Ferrante did in this film. He is still working and has recently done some films for The Asylum, although their output isn’t known for being high quality he is at least still doing what he loves, so more power to him.
Boo is a ghost film that doesn’t work at all. It is a good example of a bad mid-2000’s horror film that relied on effects instead of suspense. It features some of the dumbest characters you can find in horror films and has no redeeming qualities. I wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone.